Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 1:00am

Judge him over time

There exists a massive spoken or unspoken conspiracy between the Governor, the Attorney General (who was formerly the lawyer for the Governor and is appointed by the Supreme Court) various members of the Legislature, the Tennessee Bar Association, editorial page editors of various newspapers, most members of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals to violate the integrity of the Tennessee Constitution by claiming (because they think it is a better idea) that the members of the Appellate Courts can be perpetuated in office by an election in which no other names can appear on the ballot to contest those judges.

This conspiracy exists because those involved are willing to misread the plain language of the Constitution of Tennessee which limits the power of the Legislature, the Governor and the various Appellate Judges from depriving the people of their inalienable right to elect their judges in a contested election no different from the election for governor, legislators and local officers.

This unhappy circumstance is a common disgrace which over time will become transparent because what I have said is obviously true and ultimately will be supported by honest lawyers and layman alike.

John Jay Hooker, 37205

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199 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 5/5/09 at 4:03

Hooker your all foam and no beer. When you had the chance to take on a case to exposed the corruption in the 90's you took a political pass.

By: TonyGottlieb on 5/5/09 at 4:24

idgaf: He has adequate spine to sign his name, something you lack.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 5:26

Good morning, Nashville!

The cartoon relies on getting the connection with the just-released movie “Wolverine”. I thought of Edward Scissorhands at first glance. Obama as Superman is a refreshing change from the “messiah” analogy. I guess that his Kenyan birth certificate would be Super Obama’s kryptonite.

John Jay Hooker’s LTE sucks. It consists of three sentences, one per paragraph. Hooker says the truth is “obvious”, but he offers no evidence to support his claims, other than his personal say so. The author of this pitiable LTE should take some classes on English composition, expository writing and logic.

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 5:48

Maybe the LTE was an "extemporaneous" essay? I was asked to write one once....had no idea what it meant or what I was talking about. Still true to this day.

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 5:54

"...honest lawyers...", I just blew my coffee out my nose.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 6:05

Could be, DaKine7....the LTE sounds like "off the cuff" ramblings. Parentheticals break up the flow of the words and should only be used when absolutely necessary, IMHO.

That is an oxymoron, House, good catch.

Welcome to the forum, Tony Gottlieb. We have been reading your LTE's and commenting on them. If I recall, you have issues with the family court system, right?

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 6:13

Pain & Sons: If you are caught on tape, have opportunity and motive, eye witness accounts, ballistics, forensics, PLUS you confessed to the Police, then changed your mind, you'd want the best defense money can buy. Enter the "American Lawyer".

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 6:17

Loner: You sound like my English Lit professor at Folsum, er, I mean Michigan. Do I have to run "Encarta" in backround reading your retorts and rebuttals?

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 6:24

True enough, d7, but if you show me an honest lawyer, I'll show you a grocery clerk with a law degree.
Loner sure is tossin' around some $5 words this morning.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/5/09 at 6:33

Good morning.

The cartoon is cute.

When John Jay Hooker was rich he was called eccentric. Now he is called crazy.

By: idgaf on 5/5/09 at 5:03
"Hooker your all foam and no beer," says the jug of cool-aid.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 6:36

Thanks for the "compliment", D7. I always liked my English courses, so I became a man of letters - a Rural Letter Carrier. I don't look to use an obscure word just to impress the reader(s); I try to use the best word for the job.

I Googled John Jay Hooker, seems that he is one of those Southern aristocrats. Tennessee seems to be very fond of dynastic democracy. The problem with congenital leadership is that competence is not genetically transmittable. You have the "old block", followed by the "chip off the old block" followed by a "flake off the old chip".

Maybe we should exhume the original John Jay Hooker, take a DNA sample and clone the dead statesman.

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 6:38

LaMaison: Agreed. The only English composition word he hasn't used yet is "dangling participle". My gym teacher tried to explain it to me until I reminded him it was a gym class.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/5/09 at 6:39

It did not take Loner long to figure out Hooker.

I will tell you about him later Loner.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 6:50

I had a dangling participle once; turned out to be a harmless, though painful case of orchitis.

If I start using intransitive verbs, the subjunctive mood or the pluperfect tense, then you know that my medication has run out.

I can't take the credit for that, Nemo, Google made it easy.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 6:59

From what I recall on this, it was dubbed the: the ''Tennessee plan'' and is up for more contention. Hooker might have a point.

By: Fundit on 5/5/09 at 7:01

Loner did you know that John Jay Hooker's ex goes by one name and everybody knows who she is when it is said. Anyone else know who I'm talking about?

By: Kosh III on 5/5/09 at 7:09

Hooker has a point. IIRC, the Constitution is clear about the fact that judges shall be elected not appointed and ratified.

Can I get some Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken for lunch today.

Let's all sing:
John Jay, John Jay Hooker. John Jay Hooker's the Man!

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 7:10

I do Fundit. If I tell, can I take the curtain?

By: Fundit on 5/5/09 at 7:12

Ha. No, but you'll win two tickets to swine ball.

By: CAH on 5/5/09 at 7:13

John Jay Hooker - I thought he was dead.

Side note: Hooker is related to that famous Civil War Union General Joseph Hooker. "Fighting Joe" was so devoted to his men that he used his connections as a "womanizer" to hire "Camp Followers" to service his men while on campaign. This is what led to prostitutes being called "Hookers".

By: Kosh III on 5/5/09 at 7:16

BTW did anyone else notice that under Top Stories is
"Ex-writer, Scene hit with lawsuit" but there is no story unless you are a paid subscriber. :(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/09 at 7:20

I noticed, Kosh. what a crock!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/5/09 at 7:23

I actually thought the cartoon was pretty funny today. A super majority, yet they keep on asking for the Republicans to join them on their bills.

One has to wonder why they want the Republicans to join them so badly since they have all the votes they need to pass whatever laws they wish to.

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 7:26

It would be appropriate to discuss the Scene & Hookers on the same day.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 7:27

Interesting CAH, what side was the General named whore on?

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 7:30

Brig. Gen. Whore served under Lt. Gen. Pimp.
They serviced all sides.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 7:32

General Billy Bob Whore?

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 7:35

The same, slacker. Son of Ima.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 7:38

Oh yes, my cousin married into that family.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/09 at 7:39

so you'd rather them not care, chief?

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 7:44

Loner: You're starting to sound alot like Bill O'Reilley. He always closes his show with a "word". Now that guy is a show-off.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 7:45

I dunno, Fundit. Could it be Eugenia "Tish" Fort?

The Hookers made their money off of Confederate camp followers? My mother used to say, "behind every great fortune, there is a great crime".

Minnie Pearl Chicken? Did they leave the price tag on the birds?

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 7:50

DaKine7, that's not fair! I never once used the words, "pinhead", "idiot" or "moron". So, how can you compare me with Bill O'Reilly?

By: southcomm on 5/5/09 at 7:55

Kosh, Blanket: Try that story again. You should be able to read it without logging in.

By: daKine7 on 5/5/09 at 8:08

Loner: Sorry for the false analogy. Except O'Reilley is a Harvard grad and taught H.S. English (that he reminds everyone, every show). And your vernacular today and command of the English language was either the result of your education or your Doctor upped your "drip" to a quart. Either way, it brings a sense of class to this forum, which has NO business being here.

By: house_of_pain on 5/5/09 at 8:11

I wonder if O'Reilly & DaddyYo graduated in the same class?

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/5/09 at 8:21


Why not? They don't anyway. Remember when Obama said he would like input and when given it, told the Republicans "I won"? So what's the point? The Congress and the President have made it very clear they intend to do what they decide to do whether the Republicans go along with it or not.

Why should they care if the Republicans go along with them or not...they have the super majority...they can use it as they wish. Spoils of war and all that.

Not to mention the fact it is fairly apparent the Republicans are NOT going to vote for the policies this Administration and Congressional majority wants.

Anyway, it also does not provide political cover for any problems which happen because of those policies. If the Democrats want those policies enacted, then they have to deal with the consequences of those policies, good or bad, alone, apparently.

By: Citizen on 5/5/09 at 8:26

D7: There is some hope for you after all since you are a regular watcher of the Bill O'Reilley Show.

By: brrrrk on 5/5/09 at 8:56

daKine7 said,

"Either way, it brings a sense of class to this forum, which has NO business being here."

D's right... this hyar ain't no place fer fancy talkin'...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/09 at 8:59

chief, talk about bitter. see, that's what's wrong with the GOP. bitter and unable to compromise.

By: Fundit on 5/5/09 at 9:06


By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 9:09

Aw shucks! I give all the kudos to those Felician nuns- for all the book learnin' and fancy talk. The problem is, evey time I see a penguin, I get nervous and jerky.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 9:10

nazi, the democrats will not be compromising on anything, they don't have to, they own the country at the present time.
But as I keep mentioning, so did Jimmy Carter.

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 9:16

I would not want to get on her tish list, Fundit.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/09 at 9:17

See, this is why evangelicals tick me off. Troublemakers.


By: chiefpayne568 on 5/5/09 at 9:19


They were invited to give their input by the President. They came and gave their input...then were told it didn't mean anything.

Now they're being told that their principles are too strict...that they need to compromise them to help pass legislation that the Democrats need to pass because if they don't, they are mean spirited and it will pass anyway.

What's the point? Why NOT keep your principles and just let them do what they want to do in the bargain? It's going to happen anyway, so why not take a stand and say, "Nope. Not going to do it. You can pass it if you like, but I'm not going to do it. I disagree with it and will not compromise my principles for it." What do they have to lose doing it? Think they will lose their seats? Unlikely if their principles are the same as their constituents. Think they will lose a shot at taking over Congress? Unlikely...if it's going to happen, it's going to happen and if it's not, it's not.

So what is the point of compromise if it's going to happen anyway? I say stick to your principles and forget compromise.

If that's bitter then so be it.

By: slacker on 5/5/09 at 9:19

She is a nice lady, and doesn't deserve ridicule as the gadfly might.
Just my opinion of course.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/5/09 at 9:23


Ok...I'll give them that the soldiers should not be trying to give bibles to muslims. That's not their job and they should not be trying to do that there.

Of course there was a point when we were told that if we go to a muslim country, we could not bring our bibles there or attend services there either. That was shot down almost immediately. Soldiers are, by and large, pretty religious people...you sort of get that way when people are trying to kill you.

BTW, we were also told we could not leave our bibles lying out "because some local nationals were utilized in cleaning up of facilities on some posts".

So basically, this cuts both ways, I guess.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/5/09 at 9:26

Muslims view this as a holy war. To go over there and hand out Bibles is stoking the fire, don't you agree?

By: Loner on 5/5/09 at 9:33

I went to your link, BN. Fascinating.

The message of Christ, an unarmed pacifist, being spread by American military personnel in a war zone is quite ludicrous. Christ eschewed militarism and war, He did not condone self-defense. He was not a Zionist - His kingdon is not of this world.

The born-agains have twisted Christ's message to conform with their violent and supremacist proclivities.